Guardians of the Heart   -     By: Loree Lough
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1629115657
ISBN-13: 9781629115658
Series: Secrets On Sterling Street

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Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

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Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough literally sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the Midwest. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for her grandkids or to sing at weddings or funerals, but she mostly just writes. Over the years, her stories have earned hundreds of industry and Readers' Choice awards and 4- and 5-star reviews.Loree has nearly five million copies of her books in circulation, and in March 2014, she added her hundredth published book to the shelves. She has written fiction and nonfiction for kids and adults (2,500-plus articles and 68 short stories), and four of her novels have been optioned for movies. To date, there are almost 66,000 letters in her "Reader Mail" file, and she has answered every one, personally. (A carton of books is on its way to Corinna P. of San Antonio, Texas, for writing the 65,999th letter. Corinna said she plans to donate the books to her local library!)Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach to teaching makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, and college and high school writing programs in the U.S. and abroad.A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and several other worthwhile organizations (see the "Giving Back" tab at her Web site, http://www.loreelough.com, for a complete list). She splits her time between a tiny home in the Baltimore suburbs and an even tinier cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she continues to perfect her Critter Tracks Identification skills. She shares her life with her real-life hero, Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of "wolf stuff."

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  1. Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Faith Read
    April 14, 2016
    Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed Guardians of the Heart. Nell Holmstrom is a resourceful young woman who has been left with no one in life but she makes her way with her head held high. She manages to find employment in a world when it would have been hard for a woman to work an honest job.

    Asa Stone doesn't believe he is a good person. Too many things happened to him in his young life and when he falls for Nell, he rebuffs her because he doesn't believe he deserves her.

    Nell's resourcefulness helps Asa realize that he is worthy of everything in life.

    To find out how, you will have to read the book.

    I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
  2. Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Romance Set in Denver in the 1800s
    March 24, 2016
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Debs Dozen: Two hurt and lonely people work together to accomplish their individual goals.

    Am I blessed! Another Loree Lough book! Guardians of the Heart is Book Two of the Secrets of Sterling Street Series. Like the first book, the ending of this historical romance is predictable, but how the characters arrive there is the fun of the read.

    Nell Holstrom has lived a life of poverty and want, but now has found a sanctuary and employment with the DiMaggios in their store. However, Michelles mother, Maria, is coming to live with them and will need the tiny apartment Nell has been calling her own. Joe tells her that Asa Stone has an ad up for a housekeeper for the Stone Hill Inn, which he is refurbishing and hoping to reopen.

    Nell approaches Asa for the job and is immediately hired. Hes taken note of her as shes worked at DiMaggios and is intrigued by her cheerful nature, not to mention her beauty. Talking with Joe, he discovers she does a multitude of tasks at DiMaggios and is certain hes made the right decision. In an attempt to make the transition easier for her, he fixes up the storeroom at the back of the Inn for Nell. When she arrives, Nell is pleasantly surprised at the accommodations and immediately sets out to make the room, the kitchen, and the rest of the house livable and homey.

    Asa keeps working on restoring the Inn and Nell keeps working at trying to make him talk to her. Taciturn by nature, and harboring a dark secret, Asa tries to tamp down his growing attraction for Nell. Nell works harder and harder trying to win Asas approval. You will love these two and the way they complement and spark off each other. Well-developed, as most Loree Lough characters are, youll want to keep reading to learn more and more. The characters from the first Sterling Street novel, Currency of the Heart, pop in and out and endear themselves further to you.

    The only fault I could find with the story is the ending. I feel the ending was rushedI wanted more detail about the events that occurred at the end. Guess Ill have to wait for Book Three! Guardians of the Heart rates Four Stars and is well worth the read.

    Loree Lough is a prolific writer who has nearly five million of her books in print. In March 2014, she added her one-hundredth book to her shelf. Congrats, Loree! She shares her hard-earned wisdom about writing and the business of writing at conferences all over the country. She splits her time between their tiny home outside Baltimore and their even tinier cabin in the Allegheny Mountains. She shares her life with her real-life hero, Larry, who silently puts up with the folderol of a writers life with few complaints. Visit Loree at www.LoreeLough.com.

    My thanks to Whittaker House and The Book Club Network for providing me a copy of Guardians of the Heart in exchange for my unbiased review. (Okay, slightly biased because I love Lorees writing!)
  3. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Guardians of the Heart
    March 20, 2016
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Guardians of the Heart is book two in the series entitled Secrets on Sterling Street by Loree Lough. This novel is a heart-warming, Hallmark movie-worthy story set in the 1800s in Colorado. The female lead, Nell Holstrom, is a strong, hard-working Christian woman who is the only member of her family left on earth. The Holstrom gold mine has taken the lives of her parents and younger brother, and she has no use for her fathers rumor that there may yet be hidden wealth inside. Very practical and committed to a work-ethic, Nell takes the job of housekeeper at the Stone Hill Inn.

    Asa Stone is the owner of the Stone Hill Inn, inherited from his grandparents. Though satisfied with restoring the inn and the routine of his life, he is plagued by guilt and remorse. His father had forced Asa and his three brothers to fight in a raid against the peaceful Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians. Asa refrained from fighting, and his father and one brother died in the battle. He wandered the West for years, engaging in regrettable entanglements, before he settled in Denver at his grandparents inn. Upon their death he became the sole heir to the business, and the inn became his lifeline and purpose.

    Asas hiring of Nell Holstrom is fortuitous. Her hard work and creativity add to the beauty and functionality of the inn. They seem like the perfect business partners until tragedy strikes.

    Asas guilt hinders him from admitting his feelings for Nell. His mind tells him that he is not worthy of her, although his heart leads him to hope for a future. Together they overcome tragedy and try to rebuild their lives. There are many surprises and twists to their story. The book is a page-turner and an easy read. This work embraces the theme of forgiveness and the power of Gods presence in their lives. I highly recommend this book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.



  4. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Guardians of the Heart...
    March 16, 2016
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story takes place in the 1880's in Denver. When an opening for a housekeeper and cook for the remodeled Stone Hill Inn, Nell knows this is an opening she can fill. She is losing her job and home and this could be an answer to her prayers. Asa Stone is the proprietor when he hires her they become like partners in re-opening of the Inn. Nell and Asa have come through some hard times, each with secrets and dreams. I found them to be likable and with a faith that would get them over the past and on to an outcome I hadn't expected. I liked this story and would recommend it.. I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network to review.
  5. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical fiction that will touch your heart
    March 13, 2016
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Guardians of the Heart

    Secrets on Sterling Street #2

    By Loree Lough

    Nell Holstrom is everyone's favorite person. She's always willing to offer a helping hand and an encouraging word. She's been on her own since the death of her father in the family's gold mine. But when she needs to find a new place of employment she applies at the old Stone Hill Inn.

    Asa Stone is attempting to restore his late grandparent's inn, but he needs help. And Nell's go-get-it-done work ethic is just what he needs to get Stone Hill Inn open. Asa is not an easy person to work with as he deals with the demons in his past. Guilt has been Asa's constant companion for years and he can't imagine life without it.

    But when nature turns against them Nell turns to what she left behind - a mine that slowly stole her whole family from her. But Nell is determined that Asa is just the man that she needs to get the mine back in operation and find the gold her father was convinced was there.

    Will the secrets of his past keep Asa from seeing himself as worthy of Nell? Or will his guilt drive him once again from the only home he has ever known?

    Guardians of the Heart is set in 1880s Denver and will appeal to anyone who likes a book that leaves you with a feel good feeling after the story is finished. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this set back in time.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange fror my honest review.
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